Application Procedure

Thank you for your interest in the Virginia Commission for the Arts Teaching Artist Roster. The roster is an online searchable database of professional Teaching Artists. These artists are panel reviewed and are encouraged to work on grant funded VCA projects and programs. More importantly they are interested in sharing their teaching artistry across generations and organizations. Teaching Artists are critical to arts education and lifelong learning.

Applications are accepted twice a year for either October 1 or April 1 deadlines. If the first is on a Saturday or Sunday, the application deadline is moved to the following Monday. Artist Roster applications will be accepted through Foundant, our online grant system. Interested Teaching Artists are encouraged to download the Teaching Artist Handbook to review deadline dates, documentation requirements, and evaluation procedures and grant opportunities.

Teaching Artist Residencies can vary in length from a single day to an entire school year. The Commission does not set daily rates for artists; however, VCA suggests a contracted rate of at least $125 per day. Fees are negotiated directly between the Teaching Artist and the residency sponsors. The Commission does not serve as a booking agent for Teaching Artists

Eligible Applicants

An applicant must be:

  • 18 years of age or older at the time of applying;
  • a resident of Virginia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and/or the District of Columbia;
  • a professional artist with expertise in one or more arts disciplines;
  • skilled in working with children, youth, teachers, adults, seniors, veterans, and/or other populations;
  • and committed to differentiated instruction and effective teaching methods to reach all learners.


For more information, download a copy of the Teaching Artist Roster Handbook.


Applications for the Teaching Artist Roster will be accepted twice a year during two cycle deadlines. Applications deadlines for FY23 are April 1, 2022 and October 3, 2022.

Review Process

Online applications including support materials will be reviewed by the Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster panel comprised of artists and educators representative of different disciplines. Panel and staff recommendations are then reviewed by the Commission board, which makes the final decisions on those teaching artists included in the roster. All teaching artists shall agree to have a Virginia State and a national background check to ensure they are properly vetted to work with school aged students and vulnerable populations. Names of Commissioners and advisory panelists, as well as dates and locations of Commission and panel meetings, are available from the Commission office and on the Commission website.

Criteria for Evaluating Applications

Evaluation of the Teaching Artist Roster applications will focus on the following criteria:

  1. Professionalism (10 pts)
  2. Artistic Excellence (10 pts)
  3. Instructional Aptitude (10 pts)
  4. Curriculum and Lesson Planning (10 pts)
  5. Program Management (10 pts)


For any questions about the Teaching Artist Roster contact:
Casey Polczynski, PhD
Deputy Director & Accessibility Coordinator
Virginia Commission for the Arts